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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A&K M60VN Airsoft Machine Gun FTW (Finally)


After resolving the trigger switch issue I created during the process of my A&K M60VN Airsoft Machine Gun Review, General Beauregard & I took the A&K M60VN Airsoft Machine Gun back out for another range test, this time with a slightly heavier spring under the hood to push those rounds downrange a bit further.

 Luckily, this gun features a quick-change spring release lever so that you can easily increase or decrease the velocity of the gun in about five easy minutes.

I also used high quality, Elite Force .25g BBs to assist me with increasing the accuracy of the gun.
 Here's today's video, from the Pyramyd Airsoft YouTube Channel...
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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Airsoft Trigger Switch vs. LiPo Battery

Ever wondered what the inside of those Airsoft trigger switches in many of our beloved Airsoft machine guns looks like?

Yea, me neither, until I had to pull one apart to see what it's freakin' problem was.

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You might recall from my A&K M60VN Review that I was having some trouble inside the gun, likely because I was using an 11.1V Li-Po battery pack that had too high of a C-Rating (rate of discharge).

Here is the link to that series of blogs to catch you up to speed. 


Check out the rest of the Airsoft trigger switch photos after the jump...

Here's my tutorial on how to make a 550 paracord sling attachment point for your M4 rifle. Ask and ye shall receive (sometimes).

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Today's post on the Pyramyd Airsoft Blog was created after receiving numerous requests from viewers of this video:

...to make this video:

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How to Build a Workbench for Your Airsoft Man Cave
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Sup Airsoft Playas?  Today I'ma show y'all how to build a workbench for working on your Airsoft guns out in your Man Cave.  Oh, you don't have a Man Cave?  Well, you best get one right quick.  They are crucial for your sanity when you share your house with other humans.

Tools needed for this project:
Wood
Wood Screws, or Drywall Screws
Tools
Brain
Apple Rings Candy
Vitamin Water XXX flavor

Just kidding, I'll get more specific.

But before I do that I would like to point out that this was essentially my first official woodworking project in my entire life that I physically built completely on my own.  I had to seek the professional guidance of three different individuals during the planning phase, otherwise this project would have probably never gotten off the ground, and even if did, it would have likely gone to Hell in a handbasket.  So a special thanks goes out to my wonderful father, my good friend, Airsoft teammate & expert "woodworkerist," Ben Holley, of Lighting Resources in Clovis, CA, and lastly, to my mother-in-law, who is actually quite experienced in these types of personal home projects, plus she's a Marine (honorably discharged) so watch your mouth. 

Soooo...since I'm not an expert here, you're going to see some "discrepancies" in my methods and execution and consequently desire to troll me for it, but unless you'd like to offer constructive criticism on ways to do this better, I probably won't be approving your comments for posting.  Just sayin'. 

For this project, I used:

- Two (2) 4'x8' sheets of big-ass plywood for my table top surfaces.  I used two of those beasts because I wanted a workbench made for a beast.  Yup.   

64 SQUARE FEET OF WORKSPACE for bossin' it hard.

However, this tutorial will also apply to more reasonably sized workbenches as well.

- 8 foot 2"x4" sticks, quantity of about 16 or so.  Probably more than I needed.  This stuff was used to frame the table tops and to provide bracing for the legs. 

- 8 foot 4"x4" sticks, quantity of three.  For the table legs.

- Three 6" long, 5/8" diameter lag bolts to attach my two table tops together to form a big "L" shape.  Don't forget the corresponding washers and nuts to go with these guys.

- Box of 3" drywall screws (aka wood screws)
- Box of 2" drywall screws

- Tape measure

- Pencil for marking measurements

- I had to use a hand-held circular SAW to cut the 2x4s & 4x4s because it was all I had at the time, but a Mitre saw would be a much better choice.  That circular saw made it tough to make clean cuts on the wood without making clean cuts in my flesh.  Exercise caution when using saws.  I hear they can cut through bone.

- Black & Decker FireStorm cordless power drill - This thing is a torque-boss.  I didn't have any other option for a drill either and was skeptical whether or not it would have enough balls to drive those 3" screws all the way into the wood, but the FireStorm pwned those screws.  Pwned 'em hard.

- 3M Peltor Hearing protection for working with the circular saw.  That thing gets really loud and even louder when you start cutting the wood.

- Apple Rings chewy candy.  Cuz it was right by the checkout stand at the hardware store.  (See photo up top)

- Vitamin Water XXX Flavor.  Also right by the checkout stand.  Also delicious.

First step that I took.  Framing the big table top.  Framing, I learned is pretty handy for creating a super sturdy, super beast, Airsoft workbench.  It will allow you to place a lot of weight on that table and not have to lose any sleep over the table breaking.  So start with your blank sheet of plywood.
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I chose to add the long-side rails first since both the plywood and the 2x4s were already cut in 8-foot lengths.  So I just attached them with the 2-inch screws from the top of the table.  I spread the screws out about 8" apart from each other going down the line.

Pictured below is a view of the bottom side of the table, with the two 8' 2x4s mounted. Some of you might notice that I didn't place the top 2x4 flush with the edge of the plywood.
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That's because I wanted to add a reinforced lip to the front of the tabletop so that I could attach things like vices & stuff that need to be able to clamp down on the side of the table.  Some of the stuff I have doesn't open more than 4 inches, so I couldn't just use the framed edge.  So to reinforce the lip, I just added a third 2x4 in the 8-foot length and just laid it flat, using the 2" wood screws again, spaced 8" apart, driven through the top of the table (the side opposite to the one visible in the photo below).
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Here's a shot from different POV so that you can see that I also attached the frame to the lip reinforcement to help keep that lip solid.  Whether or not this was necessary is unknown to me because I'm not a master woodsmith.  But at the time it made sense and I was having fun driving those screws in with my cordless power drill, so I said,  "What the hell? Why not?"
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Not the greatest shot, but if you look closely, you can see the two screws (black dots) where I attached the inner frame bars to the side rails.
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Here's what the frame looks like without the plywood tabletop attached.  I spaced the short 2x4s about 13 inches apart, measuring from the center of each piece.  
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Here it is finished, standing on its side.  8 feet, my friends.  My camera lens wasn't actually wide enough to get the whole thing in frame, but you get the idea.   
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So obviously, while the tabletop is finished, it's only one of the two that I made and it also needs the legs and bracing.  But we'll get to that next week.

If you'd like to build your own workbench for working on your Airsoft guns, but you don't have a big enough room for 64 square feet of workbench space, fret not.  This model can be scaled down, if you didn't already come to that realization.  Total cost for all the wood & materials was mind-blowingly cheaper than I expect.  I think the total for everything only came out to roughly about $70.  Those 2x4s are only like 2 bucks a piece and the plywood might have only been about $15 or so.  So pretty reasonable for a massive setup like this.  So stay tuned for the next installment. 
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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

How to Easily Win 50 Bucks from PyramydAir.com

Some of my readers with an insatiable appetite for my Pyramyd Airsoft Blog ramblings will quite possibly have noticed that for the past few months, I have included the following image at the conclusion of each post.  

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Some of you might be a bit skeptical to even bother to click on the image and get the details on just how exactly you can win 50 bucks from Pyramyd Air.   I can't blame you.  Seems like a lot of the contests these days require too much effort.  Well, in my opinion, this one isn't too bad.  All you have to do is upload a cool photo of yourself with an Airsoft gun to the Pyramyd Airsoft Facebook page wall.  The biggest obstacle to overcome is simply submitting a photo that complies with our rules.  You might not like them, but rules is rules for a good reason (usually).  So I thought I might map out just exactly what those rules were and provide, wherever possible, an illustration of either what to do, or not to do in each case.

RULE: Proper eye protection must be worn in the photos, except if it's obviously a staged shot.  The picture of me below is actually not staged, but I'll admit that it looks so good, that I can understand why you might think so. 
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Best choice is to make sure you're wearing eye pro, even if the shot is staged, like this shoot I did with the Echo1 GAT last year:
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Photo Credit: Chris Dellosa for the Pyramyd Airsoft Blog

RULE:  All guns must show orange tips.  If you don't have an orange tip on your Airsoft gun, just add some bright orange to the tip in MS Paint or Photoshop, like I did here for the VFC HK416 from Elite Force:
I'm not sayin' that looks great, just that I added the orange tip.

RULE: No inappropriate targets or uses of the gun. 
Animals like my new Airsoft sidekick, General Beauregard, as well as human babies, pictures of your high school teacher or principal are all examples of inappropriate targets.

RULE: No dangerous situations
Speaking of babies, I hope it would be obvious that dangerous situations like taking a picture of your toddler with a gun is probably not a great idea.  The photo on the left is Photoshopped.  There was never an actual gun in the same image as the baby.  Check out his awesome gnome hat, though.  That thing is definitely real.

Anyway, another prime example of a no-no here is to have your Airsoft gun out in public.  No bueno here, either, champ. 











RULE: Finger must be off the trigger unless you're looking in the same direction as the muzzle and are in a position to safely fire the gun.
Dan Wesson 8 Inch CO2 Airsoft Revolver
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RULE: Image must be your own intellectual property (e.g. don't steal other people's photos).


RULE:  No inappropriate or offensive content.
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If you can't show your image to your mother without it being real awkward, you probably shouldn't be uploading it for this weekly contest.

And finally, my favorite.  Don't put up a photo that features a logo from a competing retailer somewhere in the frame.  We don't want to see that crap and certainly won't be awarding it $50 for the week.

The winner for each week is usually chosen on Thursday morning-ish, so it would be best to submit your photo before then.  Voting is done completely in-house, so the amount of likes or shares on your photo won't necessarily get you the win just based on that, but I'd be lyin' if I said we didn't take that into account.  So it wouldn't hurt to share your photo on our wall with your friends and have them like it and share it as well to help you out. 

Now that you know what's up, get on over to the Pyramyd Airsoft Facebook page and upload your awesome Airsoft photo for a good chance to win a $50 gift card from Pyramyd Air for the weekly Big Shot of the Week contest.

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Today I'm going to show you how to upgrade your Airsoft AEG for quite possibly only a fraction of a cent (one penny). Two words:

Teflon Tape


Also known as Polytetrafluoroethylene, or PTFE, Teflon Tape ain't just for plumbers. It's great for anyone who loves air-sealing stuff and/or materials with a low coefficient of friction.  For the purposes of this little Airsoft upgrade mod, it's nice to work with something having both of those characteristics.  A roll of Teflon or PTFE tape or "Thread-Seal Tape" will run you between $1 - $2 at your local hardware store.  This mod only require a very small percentage of that entire roll, hence my assertion that this may only cost you a fraction of a penny.  I could be underestimating by a cent or two, but my point is, IT'S FREAKIN' CHEAP!!!

Special note, the beauty of this Airsoft upgrade mod is that it doesn't matter what type of Airsoft AEG that you are wanting to work on.  This trick will work for most of the AEGs you're going to find at a MilSim-type game.  Technically, although usually a different configuration, this will similarly on many gas blowback guns (rifles and pistols) out there as well.  

So let's get right to it.  First, you'll need to disassemble your Airsoft AEG to the point that you have your tight-bore inner barrel and rubber hop-up bucking separated from the rest of the gun.  There is no reason I can think of that you would need to open up your gearbox for this particular mod, so if you've gone that far, STOP.  The inner barrel and hop-up assembly is located inside the upper receiver and handguard for the average AEG like the M4/M16 models, as well as the AK47s.  This should cover most everyone.

Once you have the inner barrel and hop-up bucking by themselves, (IMPORTANT) you'll want to verify that your hop-up bucking is seated properly over the the inner barrel so that the ridge inside the hop-up window on the barrel looks to be perpendicular with the vertical axis.  Below is an example of what I'm referring to.  Ignore the A&K M60VN Hop-up Assembly, just look inside the barrel at how the hop-up bucking is situated.  The inside of your inner barrel should look like this when the hop-up bucking is no matter what hop-up assembly you have. 
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  You don't need to have the hop-up assembled to press down on the bucking.  You can just use your finger, or what I do is use the shaft of a screw driver.

The importance of that little maneuver is almost unfathomable.  Without your hop-up bucking being seated in the most up-right positions, your Airsoft gun will not be as accurate as it could (all other things being perfect).  

Anyway, once you've established that your hop-up bucking seated properly.  Carefully wrap your Teflon Tape around the point where your inner barrel meets the end of the bucking.  Three to four circumnavigations is all you'll need.  Anymore than that and you're going increase the already difficult process of getting the hop-up assembly back over the bucking without pulling the bucking off axis. 
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 You'll want to wrap it firmly, but I said "carefully wrap" because when you first start the wrap, if you're NOT careful, you can disorient the bucking and you'll have to reset it.

Once you've got the bucking wrapped, you're ready to slide that hop-up unit back on.  I personally add one or two droplets to the outside of the bucking to make this process quite a bit easier.  I've seen that some assemblies just slide right on, while others are extremely snug even with a bit of lubrication. 
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Here again, you'll need to exercise patience and care in sliding that hop-up unit back on as you may mess up the alignment of the bucking.  Once you get your hop-up unit back on and reassembled, you are probably OK to put the gun back together and get the Airsoft party started. 

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However, in the same exact manner that we wrapped the rubber bucking, I like to wrap the hop-up assembly three or four times as well.  This does a couple things:

1) Helps to keep the inner barrel from sliding around too much inside the bucking and hop-up assembly, especially if you've got a hop-up unit that slides over the bucking fairly easily.

2) Adds a 2nd line of defense against any possible air leaks out of that end of the hop-up.  Some of my engineering buddies tell me that this is sort of pointless for this purpose, but what the hell do engineers know about anything?  Plus, I'm a creature of habit and I'm used to doing it this way.  It makes me feel better.


3) In some of the M4/M16 AEGs that I've dealt with, it actually helps seat the assembly more snugly inside the outer barrel and enhances the seal between the Air Nozzle's entrance into the assembly and the gearbox, which is another potential point of leakage inherent in most AEGs.

In fairness, there are more ways to skin this metaphorical cat (don't actually skin your cat or anyone else's).  This is just my preferred method, which has netted some very consistent results on the chronograph.  

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In honor of Presidents Day, I worked hard on a little video for the Pyramyd Airsoft Blog about the Dan Wesson 8 Inch CO2 Airsoft Revolver from ActionSportGames (ASG).  As a way to pay my respects specifically to George Washington's birthday, I illustrate what happens when Airsoft players become Airsoft zombies and how I think our nation's first president might have handled the situation.   
Special thanks to Jordan Olmstead for lending a hand on his day off to help refine my rough sketch into a finely crafted work of ridiculosity. There's that word again. It keeps showing up around here.

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Today's post on the Pyramyd Airsoft Blog is gonna keep it real.  Real simple, that is.  There are many Airsoft players out there who not only love to play, but love to upgrade the performance of their beloved Airsoft Guns, which requires certain tools in order to do so.  So today I thought I would highlight one particularly important set of tools that you really can't do without if you want to handle your own Airsoft upgrades.  That set would be the Allen wrenches you see above.  Some people call them "hex tools"or "hex keys" as well.  Whether or not that is correct is beyond me, but it does make sense because these Allen wrenches have six sides, hence the name hex being relevant.

I don't know who this Allen guy was, but he sure invented a handy tool.  I highly recommend a set like you see above, where there are different sizes.  I hate to sound like a treasonous traitor, but I also recommend you get the Metric (SI) sizes, which come in millimeters (mm) rather the U.S. Imperial sizes, which come in fractions of an inch.  Most Airsoft guns that I've worked on have been more compatible with the metric-sized allen keys.  

I feel the need to specify that these allen keys will not only be compatible with your Airsoft AEGs,
but also your spring-powered Airsoft Sniper Rifles, CO2 & Green Gas Blowback Airsoft Rifles & SMGs, Gas Blowback Pistols as well.  So yes, they ooze versatility and they're very inexpensive for a nice little set.  You can get them at pretty much any local hardware store. 
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Today's topic is going to take a more therapeutic approach and (hopefully) cause you to take pause and do a sit rep on your own issues (we all have them, according to my therapist, Dr. Goldstein).  This post has been inspired from analysis of my personal experiences with shooting so many different guns from different manufacturers and from different price points.  I've also combined that with my experiences with playing Airsoft in different regional communities throughout Southern & Central California.

To give you a bit more clarification on just exactly what in the hell I'm referring to when I say the "Airsoft Blame Game," allow me to provide you with a few quotes and/or paraphrasing from actual people/players:

Quote, from 50+ yards (150 feet) away in an outdoor environment:

"Call your hits, mother #$*%&@!!!  I just dumped an entire high-cap mag on you!"

We've all seen this situation all too many times.  And while I will certainly agree that there have been a number of times where some cheating has occurred, I'm going to hit you like a ton of bricks with another possibility of what went on there:
     
Either you or your gun sucks and are NOT actually hitting your intended target.  


I have personally been accused of cheating on the field when some dumbass is "making it rain" 6mm plastic all around me, but not actually ON me to constitute a hit.  I have also seen this happen to others as well.  This is especially an issue at longer engagement distances because of the fact that most players are not using any sort of magnified optic that would assist them in tracking the flight of that tiny plastic Airsoft BB.  Even the ones that DO have the magnified optic don't necessarily use it.  Some people put them on their gun just to make it look cool.  Those are usually the same people that are doing the yelling and accusing others of cheating when they really have no proof of such dishonor. 

Here's a thought for those that actually want to improve their game and genuinely kick ass & take names on the field: Try strategies & tactics when you play.  Work with a battle buddy or join a full-on Airsoft team.  These are things I will cover in more detail at a later time, but just keep those thoughts in your mind.

Ok, so here's another one that I've seen a lot of already since I started working behind the scenes a bit in the Airsoft industry.

This one is more of a paraphrased example, not an actual, direct quote:


"I ordered my gun from you guys (the retailer) and it broke after I only played one game with it.  
This is all your fault and now I'm going to go and give not only you a bad review on the internet, but I'm also going to rip the gun as well." 

Is it really the retailer's fault now?   Couldn't it also be that maybe you have been watching too many movies and playing too much COD so you thought you could just go out to the field and rough up the gun like the cool guys do in those movies, expecting your china-made Airsoft gun to continue functioning as if it had just been pulled from the box?  I have several good friends who work as warranty techs for various Airsoft companies and they've shared some stories with me about this very situation.

Of course, there are lemons out there.  I have certainly received a few, but the important thing to consider is whether the entire class of that particular model is bad, or if it's just that one, unique item that happened to slip underneath the QC radar.  Going back to my comment up top about my experiences with shooting a wide variety of different guns, thanks to Pyramyd Air, I have been extremely privileged to be in a position where I have been able to review quite a few different guns, many of which I would never have considered purchasing simply because I had preconceived notions about their quality, based on what I had read from others on the internet, or heard in person.  However, what I found was that there aren't too many guns being marketed to the MilSim market which I would consider to be genuinely bad products.  Poorly designed, poorly made, crap.  Sure, some are going to be made with better quality materials and/or have other superior features, but most of the time you're going to have to pay extra for that because, let's face it, that's life.  However, just because an item isn't the most expensive model on the shelf, doesn't necessarily mean that it's crap or that it wouldn't be a good option for you to consider purchasing.  There are actually quite a few very affordable Airsoft guns for the MilSim player out there right now that are very nice guns and will treat you very well, assuming you return the favor. 

Don't be the guy who publicly reviews a gun as being awful because he was negligent and didn't exercise the proper care needed for the gun to function effectively.  Other people will read that and possibly base their decision on your false review and potentially miss an opportunity to add what is actually a nice gun to their arsenal.  Do you see how your actions might affect others in this situation?

I should point out that I'm not saying you should share your experiences with the product if they weren't positive.  By all means, let the world know.  But don't be a troll about it.  It's important that you try and keep things in perspective and consider the possibility that it might just be that particular gun getting overlooked by Quality Control or, even more unthinkable, it's your fault.

Sorry if I came off as ranting a bit (or a lot).  Just wanted you to do some thinking and maybe, if the scenarios I mentioned above don't apply to you, perhaps you know someone that may benefit from a little reality check like this.

As a reward for sticking it through my blog today, here are some photos I took of Tactical Girls model, Melissa Gilliland, while visiting the AmericanSnipers.org booth at Shot Show 2012.  Melissa is accompanied in the pictures by each of the three EPIC real steel ARs that the 31 Souls Project raffled off at the AmericanSnipers booth, which generated over $15,000 for the 31 U.S. soldiers who were killed overseas back in August 2011 after their helicopter was shot down by insurgents.



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